Disney News Round Up: Diagon Alley Revealed and Disney World’s Future

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Published on January 29, 2014 at 3:00 am with 1 Comment

What a wild and whacky week it was in the world of Disney and Theme Park news.  The Universal Orlando Resort finally divulged all of the magical details for the new Harry Potter expansion, Diagon Alley. But Walt Disney World, not to be left out of the game, shares news of an upcoming parade and the eventual opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster. We also share news that Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland will be filming at Disneyland soon.  We have all of that, plus the collection of columns posted over the past week on MiceChat.Before we forget, tickets for the special events during the MiceChat anniversary weekend are now available. BUT DON’T MISS OUT, THEY ARE GOING FAST!

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Future WDW – A Vision of WDW’s 100th Anniversary
2071 is a long ways off. We are closer to WDW’s birth in 1971 than to its 100th anniversary, and yet I’m struck by a desire to imagine the resort at that century mark. Here are my thoughts on what we can expect, what are yours?

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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Diagon Alley Details
Universal Studios Florida’s long awaited announcement regarding the second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was made a short time ago via webcast, a muggle technology. The Diagon Alley expansion was first announced on May 9, 2013 and has been hotly anticipated and speculated upon since. Fans of both Universal Studios and Harry Potter have been guessing at the enchanting attractions concealed within this new area with rumors including a fire-breathing dragon, Knocturn Alley, the Knight Bus, Florian Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, The Leaky Cauldron, Gringott’s Coaster and the Hogwarts Express. Teaser trailers have further whet park-goers appetites. So what charms did Universal Orlando Resort have to share? We were there to cover it.

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Amazing MiceChat Anniversary Weekend – February 7-9th, 2014 – Disneyland Resort
Hurry, hurry, step right up, ladies and gentlemen! The greatest show on the Internet is about to set up for a weekend of fun, frivolity, and friendship at the happiest place on earth. Don’t miss out on this epic extravaganza of entertaining excitements!!!

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Journey back with us to the year 1901. William McKinley was President of the United States, Major League Baseball had just been formed, and a man named Walt Disney was born in a small house in Chicago, Illinois. The modest family home on the corner of Tripp Avenue and Palmer Street was designed and built by Flora and Elias Disney, Walt and Roy Disney’s mother and father. Both Walt and Roy were born in this home, and lived there until Walt was four and Roy was twelve years old. We have already lost too many buildings that were an incredibly important part of Disney history. Let’s save Walt’s house!

This event offers a delicious dinner at the Anabella Hotel’s Tangerine Restaurant, panel discussions with the creative design team from Super 78, video presentations, Special Guests Bob Gurr (Disney Legend) and David Price (Son of Disney Legend Buzz Price). The evening finishes up with a special auction of some unique Walt Disney inspired items.

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Celebrated Imagineer Tim Delaney will lead a fascinating presentation about the building of the most beautiful Magic Kingdom of them all, Disneyland Paris. Learn about the challenges, creative opportunities, and wonderful stories that make this park so unique in the universe of Disney theme parks. This will be a breakfast event at the ESPN Zone (bacon, bacon, bacon) with a 90 minute audio/visual presentation and an opportunity to meet a true creative genius. Event is limited to 125 guests and will sell out quickly.

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Put your Disney skills to the test as Fishbulb presents one of his famous eye spy/scavenger hunt events. This two hour event will be free to enter (you’ll just need park admission) and will have fun prizes sponsored by Fairy Godmother Travel. This is always a great way to meet fellow MicePals and have a great time in the park.

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It’s time to get ready for the next BIG MiceChat Trip!  Join Disney Legend Bob Gurr and the MiceChat Crew as we set sail on the Disney Magic for a once in a lifetime Mediterranean cruise (from Barcelona to Italy and back again).  Stay after the cruise and you can also join us for a trip though Disneyland Paris!  Ask us for more details by emailing us at [email protected]

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MiceChat Podcast #14- Looking Into Disney’s Crystal Ball
January is a great time to reflect on the year past and the year ahead. On this episode, we share our favorite and biggest theme park moments of 2013 and our predictions for 2014 and beyond. What will be our biggest story of 2013? Will it be Disney’s MyMagic+, SeaWorld’s Blackfish problem, Tony Baxter’s retirement from Disney . . .?  Listen on to find out. Then we turn our attention to 2014 and what is already shaping up to be a magical year for Universal as Harry Potter 2.0 – Diagon Alley – prepares to open at the Orlando park. Plus, Disneyland to sink the Subs? Tomorrowland Star Wars projects, major construction delays and much, much more. We even have a cameo by Robert Coker about the project to save Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago.

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We have a couple trip reports this week!  We also go in search of a bite to eat, after midnight, near Disneyland – What would you suggest?  Then we share some stories of kids who have created some charming moments in the Magic Kingdom! ~ Aladdin

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January 19-21
chris001 and family enjoy the Disneyland Resort with a 3 day park-hopper pass. Here is their photo report!
  
anything open 24 hours OTHER than Denny’s by DLR?
gtsouthard asks if anything is open after midnight on weekdays, near the Disneyland Resort, other than Denny’s and IHOP. Let us know your favorite late night/early morning hangout for munchies!

What one thing?
sbk1234 wants to simply know, what one attraction would you bring back from yesterland, and why?

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Random photos from the resort in Oct
Pirate Lover has few photos for you, from around the Rivers of America and Radiator Springs, and more!

Other people’s kids … spreading the JOY!!!
When you visit Disneyland, and are surrounded by so many other people, you often get to share in a variety of memory making experiences. Sometimes their your own, but surprisingly, sometimes it can be someone else’s. And allow me add to what Art Linkletter was well know for, Kids Say AND DO the Darndest Things. Scarlet Spanky shares some memories created by kids in the Magic Kingdom!

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Filming ‘Tomorrowland’ at Disneyland
BasilofBakerStreet found a clue as to when Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland will be filming at Disneyland.

Beyond the Sea: Right Ear’s way to perserve the Submarine Lagoon
Right Ear has an idea for repurposing the submarine lagoon should the subs be headed for Yesterland.

Third gate idea using the legends/stories theme
toonaspie has an idea for a third gate in Anaheim that implements all of Disney’s most popular franchises.

If Disneyland ever adds another land or ride, what theme/movie would you…..
…want it to be based off of? asks hollyray.

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This week gives us a closer look at the Mine Train (finally!), a musical question for WDW experts, and another look at the Festival of Fantasy parade. Take a look and share your thoughts in this week’s roundup! ~yoyoflamingo

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Building the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
We’re all eagerly anticipating the new Magic Kingdom Parade (sans Castle float), and we’re getting closer to its premier. The DisneyParks Blog recently shared a video that gave us some details, and it seems it’s definitely worth the wait. Take a peek and share your thoughts here.

Music hear in Walt Disney World
These are the questions that I love. Can anyone offer insight into the music being described by surryearl? It’s not El Rio Del Tiempo and it’s not Take Flight/If You Had Wings, which would have been my guess. I’m just as curious now to see what it is too!

Detail look at Details in the 7 Dwarfs Mine
Another DisneyParks Blog post, in which we get a look at some (very close) details for the Mine Train. For as long as it’s taking, you would think they’re letting the wood age naturally! Take a look here. Is it worth the wait?

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Disneyland Pirate Ship, Tomorrow-Land, Renie Bardeau, and Dumbo! DISNEY HISTORY! — Hungry for a tuna sandwich? Maybe a hot tuna pie? Learn where you can get some at Disneyland in this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — Take a look at the behind the scenes workings of the 1964-65 World’s Fair with Tomorrow-Land for the Book of the Week! WINDOW OF THE WEEK! — Take a photo, it’ll last longer, for this week’s Window of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, Dumbo is missing something in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 6: Walt and the Happy Haunts!

How did the 999 happy haunts ever end up in this Magic Kingdom, anyway? We resurrected…I mean contacted daring reporter, Gaylord Ghoul, to visit the Haunted Mansion once more to have a spook-to-spook talk with the Ghost Host as he spills more than just the beans. Facts will be revealed from their hiding places and ghoulishly delightful stories will be told.

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In this episode, DoomBuggies talks to WED Imagineer Rolly Crump in an exclusive interview. Crump, who worked directly with Walt Disney in the planning and design of Disneyland, was assigned to the development of the Haunted Mansion, where he worked with Imagineer Yale Gracey on many proposed scenes and special effects. In this interview, we talk to Crump about working with Gracey, his relationship with Walt Disney, and his ideas for the Haunted Mansion.

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 9 – Not A Zoo !
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Appearing in the Mouses Head this week is Eric Davis from the unofficial Seaworld Podcast. We chat about some news as usual.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast: Welcome to the latest episode. On this show we bring you the news that was announced about Diagon Alley on Thrusday 23rds webcast as well as the latest news from the parks and a Live report from a UUOP listener.

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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, We have had an incredible year, and we are thrilled to be celebrating one year. Last year we started out as a brand new show, with no friends or followers, and here we are today, breaking global news, talking to SeaWorld trainers, and bringing the podcast to thousands of people every month.

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Window to the Magic shares the final performance of Disney Channel Rocks at Disney Hollywood Studios. The sister of one of our listeners was in the cast of this show and we are glad to present it for her to remember her time in the show. If you have a special request, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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The Seasonpass Podcast: TSPP releases another Seasoned Pros List Show with Arthur Levine (Theme Parks Guide for About.com) and Joel the Coaster Critic. This time we look at the Best Wooden Roller Coasters in North America.

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Mousetalgia Episode 275: Tinker Bell Half Marathon trip report
Mousetalgia talks RunDisney this week. Dave did the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K, and Becky wonders about some sweeping issues. Becky ran the half marathon, earning her own PR and discusses the course, the trials, and the rewards of running 13 miles. Plus – scenes from the RunDisney Expo, dining with Princesses, navigating the parks during RunDisney weekends, and Radiator Springs Racers – is the line finally loosening up? In an awkward moment check-up, we remember the falling Magic Carpet in the Aladdin stage show, and we discover that Mickey’s Magical Map has glitches.

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MiceEars Crew:  Aladdin, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond,  Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!

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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is a graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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  1. Thank you Anthony and crew!